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Balance and Focus

balancing multiple things pic

Balance is maintained by keeping your focus and concentration on the object you’re balancing.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….”
Hebrews 12:2

Watch any acrobatic show and you’ll see people balancing spinning plates and doing any other remarkable balancing feats. You know they spent many hours practicing, polishing their ability, and keeping their focus on what they needed to do.

What happens if their eyes get off-target, if they lose their concentration and get off-balanced? Most likely it will cause them to lean, sway, and potentially have a harder time getting back to a place of balance. If they do get off-balance, it can cause them to compensate in other ways but in doing so, they will most likely end up losing complete control while objects fall quickly downward.

Physical balance is important in life and especially the older you get. Jack and I practice some balancing exercises so we can continue to maintain good balance as we get older. But balance is also important in your spiritual life as well; and you might ask how does it apply to my Christian walk?

Anything—any other thoughts, pictures, ideas, formulas—that vie for your attention and gains it, can sway your movement from where you currently are.  If you allow your focus, your attention to be drawn away from Jesus and His amazing love and grace for you, you can be subject to getting off-balance in your spiritual life. That isn’t to say you can’t think for yourself of course or you can’t read other books than the Word of God. Sometimes getting off-balanced happens in subtle ways before you recognize it.  Doing some little thing that you rationalize isn’t that important or necessary, or won’t make a big difference in your walk with the Lord. The problem is that following that pathway of thought can cloud your focus and change your concentration. The more you allow the “things” of the world to draw you away from your focus on what Jesus has done for you, the more unbalanced you’ll be.

The same is true in your physical body. If your spine or even your posture is ‘off-balance’, it will affect every other part of your physical body. It may cause you to lean to one side or the other, putting more weight on the left side or right side, which in turn will affect your feet, legs, back, and your walking. You weren’t meant to walk stooped down and bent over. You were meant to walk tall and strong with your head held high because you’re a child of God.

We all have “things” we have to balance in our lives. If you have a family and children, you’re balancing work, home, kids, activities, etc. If you’re still in school, you’re balancing your classes, your outside activities, your part-time or full-time work, time with friends, etc. No matter where you are in life, you are daily ‘balancing’ the events of the day. It’s not so much what we need to balance in our lives. It’s learning more how we balance our lives in a vital, ever-growing relationship with our God. When our relationship with God is in focus, our ability to balance and handle life’s activities will be easier because we rely on His strength and power working in us.

Where you focus is the direction you’ll go. If your focus isn’t directed and centered in God’s Word and His Love and Grace for you, you’ll miss the deep, fulfilling life that Jesus has provided for you. Don’t let the world sway you from the truth of God’s Word. The more you focus on the love and grace that Jesus has for you, you’ll be able to stand strong and stay balanced in life, always walking in victory, enabled to do the work He’s called you to do. Stay the course, keep your focus on God’s goodness and His grace, and you’ll be able to stand strong in Him each day of your life!